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Extension service: 4-H club in full swing
4-H Consumer Judging Team
The 2017 Consumer Judging Team

By Jack Lowery

August marks the beginning of the 4-H year in Georgia. The Forsyth County Community Club kicked things off with a Neon New Year party on Tuesday, Aug. 21. The banquet room at the Central Park Recreation Center was ready with neon decorations and tons of glow sticks. The 25 4-H’ers who attended began the evening by assembling a new County Council Board.

The new 4-H County Council Board members include Junior Representative Shaun Linke, Senior Representatives Keenen Clark, Dusty Haney and Leah Hornsey, Vice President Trevor Linke and President Tori Kimbarl. These six students will work with the 4-H Agent to plan activities throughout the upcoming year.

After the business was concluded, 4-H’ers at the kickoff party enjoyed fun games and activities including decorating their own cupcakes, a neon take on capture the flag, and a glowing ring toss challenge. The 4-H Community Club meetings are held monthly on Tuesday nights. At these meetings, members play games, participate in service projects, plan events, and learn about upcoming 4 H events and activities. The next two 4-H events to begin will be the Wildlife Judging team and the Cotton Boll and Consumer Judging team.

2017 Wildlife Judging Team
The 2017 Wildlife Judging Team
Wildlife Judging is an evaluation event where 4-H’ers learn all about wildlife native to Georgia including how to identify different species, what they eat, where they live and how to make land desirable for the different species. This is a great event for any 4 H’er who is interested in animals and their habitats. This team will practice on Thursday evenings beginning after Labor Day. The season will conclude in Late October at the State Competition. 

The Cotton Boll and Consumer Judging Team teaches 4-H’ers about cotton as an agriculture commodity. 4-H’ers gain skills decision making skills related to purchasing goods and services while maximizing resources. The contest has two competition areas: judging classes and commercials. 4-H’ers are required to judge four classes of consumer items or services. Each class contains a set of items and a situation statement. This statement describes a fictional consumer and gives their needs to consider when choosing an item. These needs may include age, gender, available money, lifestyles, school or job status, or other preferences. 

The other part of the competition requires each 4-H’er to present a commercial for a cotton-based product. The Cotton Boll and Consumer Judging team will start practices on Monday evenings in late September or early October and they will conclude with the area competition in early November. 

For more information on how to sign up for any 4-H events and teams, or on how to support the local 4-H Club, contact the UGA Extension office at 770-887-2418 or You can also like and follow us on Facebook at In Forsyth County, 4-H is supported by The University of Georgia, Forsyth County Board of Commissioners, Forsyth County Board of Education and United Way of Forsyth County.

Jack Lowery is the 4-H Extension Agent for the Forsyth County Extension.